Emotional Win for Homesman in Australian Cup

Mark Smith - Saturday March 6

The seven-year-old War Front (USA) gelding Homesman (USA) earned a second win at the highest level with a typically gritty performance in Saturday’s $1,500,000 Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.

Homesman gets his nose down in time (image Grant Courtney)

This one had a special meaning with part-owner Michael Gudinski passing away during the week.

The winner of the Group 1 Underwood Stakes when trained by Liam Howley,  Homesman (USA)  broke his duck for Anthony and Sam Freedman in the Group II Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley last spring.

With Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jye McNeil in the saddle on Saturday, Homesman (USA) edged out Best Of Days (GB) (Azamour) by a nose with Chapada (Bullet Train) a length back in third.

Homesman (USA) advances his record to seven wins, five seconds and three thirds from 24 starts with earnings of $3,003,039.

“It’s a big thrill,” Same Freedman said.

It’s a huge team effort. There’s a lot of people behind the horse, and Michael Gudinski was very close to the family.

Homesman Jye McNeil (image Grant Courtney)

“Dad had some very fond memories with him back in the nineties and early 2000s.

“We had a chat with Lloyd (Williams) during the week, and he had the idea to ride the horse out wide and ride him like a European horse, which he is. Particularly having a bit of room to move and one thing he’s got is that tenacity and that will to win.

“He’s now a two-time Group 1 winner. He couldn’t quite get a slot in the All-Star Mile, but this is maybe a little bit better.

“We knew he’d be a touch stronger than the second horse for the last little bit. He is proven at this distance. On the line, I thought the other horse got the bob in, so it was a pleasant surprise.”

Michael Gudinski's son Matt with the winners trophy (image Grant Courtney)

Homesman (USA) is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner US Army Ranger, who placed in the Group 1 July Cup, Group 1 Prix de la Foret and the Grade 1 Inglewood Hcp at Hollywood Park.

He is one of nine winners from 11 named foals of the Red Ransom (USA) mare My Annette, a three-quarter sister to the top-class stallion Dynaformer and a half-sister to stakes-winner White Bridle (Seattle Slew) who stood at stud in Australia.


Race Result - Tab Australian Cup Gr1 2000m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 2:01.47
T: A & S Freedman J: Jye McNeil 59
7g War Front (USA) x My Annette (USA) (Red Ransom (USA))
Best Of Days
T: James Cummings J: L Nolen 59
7g Azamour (IRE) x Baisse (GB) (High Chaparral (IRE))
T: M D Moroney J: D W Stackhouse 59
5g Bullet Train (GB) x Diamantina Dior (AUS) (Oasis Dream (GB))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $32,500
V:Bowness Stud, Young
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: D T O'Brien J: Craig Williams 57
4m Epaulette (AUS) x Icy Heels (AUS) (Medaglia D'Oro (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Bowness Stud Young NSW
B: Robert Anderson
Angel Of Truth
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: W Pike 59
5g Animal Kingdom (USA) x Scarletini (AUS) (Bernardini (USA))
T: Patrick Payne J: W Egan 59
6g Shocking (AUS) x Our Chickaroonie (NZ) (Groom Dancer (USA))
Miami Bound
T: D T O'Brien J: D Moor 57
4m Reliable Man (GB) x Arapaho Miss (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $120,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: O'Brien Thoroughbreds
San Huberto
T: Matthew Cumani J: D Yendall 59
5h Speightstown (USA) x Sediciosa (IRE) (Rail Link (GB))
Steel Prince
T: A & S Freedman J: Jamie Kah 59
7g Nathaniel (IRE) x Steel Princess (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Fifty Stars
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: John Allen 59
6h Sea The Stars (IRE) x Swizzle Stick (IRE) (Sadler's Wells (USA))
Shared Ambition
T: C J Waller J: M Zahra 59
5g Born To Sea (IRE) x Almansa (IRE) (Dr. Devious (IRE))
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: M J Walker 59
9g Champs Elysees (GB) x Casual (GB) (Nayef (USA))
T: N D Parnham J: B Parnham 59
5g Playing God (AUS) x Oriel (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $26,000
V:Mungrup Stud Narrikup WA
B: Neville Parnham Racing
T: C J Waller J: Damian Lane 59
8g Teofilo (IRE) x Zalika (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
T: G M Begg J: L Currie 59
4g Rebel Raider (AUS) x Good Thinking (AUS) (Hold That Tiger (USA))
T: A & S Freedman J: D Oliver 59
4g Declaration Of War (USA) x Livia (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $65,000
V:Mill Park Stud Meningie SA
B: Sam Freedman/De Burgh Equine
Miss Siska
T: Matthew Smith J: M J Dee 57
7m So You Think (NZ) x Sing Hallelujah (AUS) (Is It True (USA))
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